Direct Costs

Direct costs are those costs that can be identified specifically with a particular sponsored project, an instructional activity, or any other institutional activity, or that can be directly assigned to such activities relatively easily with a high degree of accuracy. Direct costs include, but are not limited to:

  • salaries

  • travel

  • equipment

  • material and supplies directly benefiting the sponsored project or activity

According to Stanford policy and federal regulations, an expense qualifies as a direct cost for a sponsored project when it meets all four cost principlesallowable, allocable, reasonable, and consistent.